WBEZ | Schools on the Line http://www.wbez.org/tags/schools-line Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Brizard talks longer day, selective enrollment, and heavier topics with kids http://www.wbez.org/story/young-people-talk-man-who-runs-chicago-public-schools-april-5-97660 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-27/P1120040.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard took questions from students Thursday night on a special kids-only edition of WBEZ’s monthly call-in show <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line"><strong><em>Schools on the Line</em></strong></a>.</p><p>Elementary and high school students from across the city asked about the longer school day and the impact it would have on homework, after-school activities and stress. Brizard said many activities currently taking place after school will be scheduled during the 7.5 hour school day officials have planned for fall. He said Chicago should scrap its homework policy and leave the decision of how much homework to give up to individual teachers and schools. And he revealed he prefers pilates to yoga.</p><p>The schools CEO said for the first time that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/education/brizard-chicago-will-open-more-selective-enrollment-high-schools-97981"><strong>the city will add additional selective enrollment high schools</strong></a>. He told students from YouMedia and Jones College Prep that he was responding to demand from parents.</p><p>Brizard took a call from a tiny-voiced sixth grader who questioned the city’s tier-based admissions system. The policy reserves some seats for students from low-income neighborhoods.</p><p>“Even with a high qualifying score I was rejected” from a spot at Lane Tech’s Academic Center, the girl told Brizard. “And I feel it’s because I live in Tier 4….I feel unfairly treated.” Brizard reiterated one of his mantras: that the school district must create more high-quality options for students. “It pains me, honestly, to listen and to not be able to say, ‘You know? This is where you want to go? You’re gonna get a seat in that particular school,’” Brizard told her.</p><p>There were also heavier questions: one girl asked Brizard what he could do to help parents addicted to drugs. Martin, a student from the Little Village neighborhood, asked Brizard about disparities between schools near his home and north side selective enrollment schools "that have more classes and more extracurricular activities than we do.</p><p>“The way I see it, they give more funding to jails—because they have a jail in my community—instead of my schools,” Martin went on.” I feel like I’m not given the same opportunities and I’m not given the chance to succeed like they are. So I just want to know why is that possible? Why are they doing that?”</p><p>Brizard said the district is working to create good options in every neighborhood, and is thinking strategically about the location of new programs.</p><p>To hear the entire show, click on the audio above.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=16f860eb65/height=700/width=600" width="600px" frameborder="0" height="700px" scrolling="no">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=16f860eb65&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=16f860eb65&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Schools On The Line--April 2012&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p></p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/young-people-talk-man-who-runs-chicago-public-schools-april-5-97660 Bd of Ed Vice President Jesse Ruiz takes calls on 'Schools on the Line' http://www.wbez.org/story/bd-ed-vice-president-jesse-ruiz-takes-calls-schools-line-96807 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-01/Bill Healy for WBEZ - jesse ruiz - 6-22-11web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Questions about the recent school closings and turnarounds were on the minds of callers during the March broadcast of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line" target="_blank"><strong><em>Schools on the Line</em></strong></a>, where Chicago Board of Education Vice President Jesse Ruiz took questions from the public.&nbsp;</p><p>Ruiz also talked about a rumored contract proposal from the Chicago Teachers Union to pay teachers 30 percent more over the next two years. And he discussed the fatal stabbing Thursday morning of a student at a privately run alternative school the district contracts with.</p><p>To hear the entire broadcast, hosted by Dan Weissmann, click on "Listen to this Story" above.</p><p>A live chat moderated by WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton during our broadcast appears below.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=5cfae2a1f8/height=700/width=600" width="600" frameborder="0" height="700" scrolling="no">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=5cfae2a1f8&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=5cfae2a1f8&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Schools on the Line-March&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/bd-ed-vice-president-jesse-ruiz-takes-calls-schools-line-96807 Parents, teachers, students press Brizard on school closings http://www.wbez.org/story/decembers-schools-line-you-set-agenda-94335 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-01/brizard_111201_dulce mora.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>During December's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/schools-line" target="_blank"><em>Schools on the Line</em></a> program, Chicago schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard fielded questions from parents, teachers and students about the proposed turnarounds and school closings the district announced this week. Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis chimed in too; she said the district should be collaborating with teachers and families to find solutions for troubled schools, rather than imposing them. She also pressed Brizard on why the district cannot invest extra resources in struggling schools without firing all staff.</p><p>There were questions from parents about school start times that seem good for bus schedules but bad for kids. Students had questions (again!) about bad lunchroom food. One student asked why there's no gym at his school; another asked why students aren't given bus passes to get to class.</p><p>Listen or download the show by clicking above the photo. Check out the live chat below that took place during the radio broadcast. It was hosted by <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst </em></a>magazine deputy editor Sarah Karp.</p><p>WBEZ's next live education call-in show with Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard will be Thursday, January 5, 2012.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=816b3ef7de/height=700/width=600" width="600" frameborder="0" height="700" scrolling="no">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a data-cke-saved-href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=816b3ef7de&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=816b3ef7de&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Schools on the Line&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 05:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/decembers-schools-line-you-set-agenda-94335